OxBright Engineering

Are you interested in Engineering and serious about taking your passion further? OxBright Engineering is designed for bright students who know they want to study Engineering at University in the future.

You’ll expand your knowledge of Engineering, become more confident discussing it, and get the edge in your future Engineering university applications.

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What is OxBright Engineering?

OxBright Engineering increases your chances of getting into your dream university in the future by taking you beyond the school curriculum.

You’ll experience weekly live Tutorials led by your expert subject Engineering Mentor. You’ll discuss topics you don’t cover at school, be able to ask lots of questions, and gain insights into the skills leading universities value most.

You’ll also be part of our thriving online community of like-minded students passionate about developing their knowledge and skills.

Schools often don’t have teachers with Engineering degrees or with up-to-date knowledge of studying Engineering. OxBright is here to solve this and help you in your pathway towards Engineering.

Read on to find out more about joining our OxBright Engineering community.

Why Join OxBright Engineering?

Boost Your Engineering Studies

Experience weekly Tutorials, led by our experienced Engineering Mentor Vince. You’ll join your fellow Engineering OxBrighters in discussing important engineering topics each week, enhancing your knowledge of the various fields of Engineering, and helping you to find out which areas of Engineering you are passionate about.

Develop Your Engineering Skills

Success in Engineering is not just about knowledge. You’ll also hone key skills on the OxBright programme that will set you up for a future in Engineering, from learning how to apply maths in real life problems to communicating complex ideas effectively to your peers. Go beyond the curriculum and learn skills that will set you up for success.

Prepare for Engineering Study

OxBright not only gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Engineering to university admissions officers. Your Mentor will give you advice on how to choose the best university, as well as guidance on how to write an effective personal statement and tips on how to fulfil your potential when you come to your university applications.

Build Your Confidence

OxBright is a community. You’ll be supported, encouraged and stretched by fellow Engineering students from all over the world – from the UK to Australia, from China to the USA. While you may not know many people interested in Engineering at school, OxBright gives you access to a supportive, safe community of young people in your shoes.

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Your Engineering Mentor

Vince

Vincent Renders

BEng. MSc.

Vincent is our OxBright Engineering Mentor. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University, before moving to the University of Bath to study for a Masters degree in Computer Science.

Currently working as a Software Development Engineer for a leading IT services firm in London, Vince is passionate about working with engaged young people with an interest in all fields of Engineering.

How Does OxBright Work?

On signing up for OxBright, you’ll gain access to our online community where you’ll be able to meet your fellow OxBright students who come from around the world.

You’ll be able to join our weekly Tutorials, where you’ll meet your Mentor Vince. Each Tutorial covers a different topic, so you’ll get a wide insight into the different fields of Engineering. Our Tutorials are recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make a particular session!

On top of this, you’ll be sent weekly short films or blogs on interesting Engineering topics, helping to keep you up-to-date on important and cutting edge developments which you can access in your own time.

There’s lots more to OxBright – read on to find out more.

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Weekly Tutorials

Each week, you’ll cover a new topic led by your Engineering Mentor, Vince.

Your Tutorial will get you used to the university style of learning, which is very different to a typical school lesson. You’ll get the opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, stretching your Engineering knowledge and developing your confidence discussing various complex topics.

You’ll also play an important part in shaping future Tutorials – you’ll have the ability to let Vince know the topics you’d like to cover.

Recent Tutorials have included:

  • The Sustainability of Space Travel
  • First Principles & How to Think Like an Engineer
  • Engineering Interview Questions
  • An Introduction to Gears

 

Videos, Blogs & Podcasts

OxBright is designed around you, so as well as the live Tutorials you’ll also be able to access content on demand. This means you can dip in and out at times of your choice, for example on the way to school or at weekends.

Vince posts regular videos, blogs and recommendations in the community, and you’ll be able to interact with your fellow Engineering OxBrighters in the comments section.

Recent posts include:

  • Engineering News of the Month
  • My Top Five Engineering YouTube Channels for Engineers
  • Space Resources

 

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Guest Speakers

While Vince will be your main Mentor, we also welcome Guest Speakers to share their knowledge and expertise in various elements of Engineering.

Attending our Guest Speaker events will enable you to build up your knowledge of Engineering and hear different perspectives about topical subjects.

University Guidance

Ultimately, OxBright Engineering students are pretty certain they want to study Engineering of some kind at university.

OxBright is designed to help you plan and prepare effectively for your future, so Tutorials will cover how to put yourself in the best possible position to maximise your chances of success, such as how to choose the best Engineering degree for you, how to write an outstanding Engineering personal statement etc.

It’s important to note that attending OxBright won’t guarantee you’ll get into a specific university, and won’t prime you or give you the secret key to get into university. Instead, our Mentors will help you to get the clarity and motivation to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your potential.

As with all our courses, while many of our tutors come from leading universities such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and others, it is important to remember that we are not affiliated to these universities.

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Community

One of the great things about being an OxBright member is that you’re part of our community of like-minded young people from all over the world who are passionate about Engineering.

OxBrighters are keen to maximise their learning, love discovering new things and enjoy sharing with the community.

Whether or not you have lots of students at your school who are interested in studying Engineering at university, the OxBright Engineering community is a great way to meet new people who are in the same shoes as you.

You’ll be able to share worries, concerns and advice, as you’ll be on the same shared journey together – living proof of Oxford Scholastica’s belief that growing together is more valuable than growing individually.

I’m having a wonderful experience on the OxBright Engineering programme! It is really educational and has truly given me a sense of the different types of Engineering and what studying Engineering is like.

Engineering is something that most schools do not offer, so this programme is a good opportunity if you are interested in studying any sort of Engineering! My Mentor has been really helpful to me, and always shares extra information and resources with us after each Tutorial.

Danae

Subscriptions

When you join the OxBright membership platform you get a choice of three subscription types – you can either join monthly, six monthly (saving 3 weeks on your subscription fees) or you can join for a year (saving 7 weeks on your fees and gaining access to discounts on other Oxford Scholastica courses).

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FAQs

Who is OxBright for?

If you're a 15-18 year old who is serious about discovering, exploring and preparing for your future, OxBright is for you.

After nearly ten years' experience of running academic summer and online programmes, we've learnt that while schools are often outstanding at supporting students to get good grades, there can be a lack of current subject-specialist knowledge available for students to access.

OxBright aims to fix this. So, for example, if you're thinking about studying Law at university, you'll have regular access to our Law Mentors, current undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading universities such as Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard. They have successfully been through the process you are experiencing - from deciding whether to study Law, through to choosing the best university and course for them, to succeeding in their university applications and thriving at university and beyond.

Whatever your stage of your journey - whether you're thinking of studying a particular subject at university, whether you're weighing up which university and course to study, or whether you know you want to study a subject at a specific university and are looking to prepare effectively - OxBright is here for you.

What does a typical week look like?
Let's imagine you're an OxBright Medicine member. A typical week might look like this:

  • Monday: your Mentor sends over our podcast on Oxford's role in pioneering the COVID-19 vaccine, and asks you to think about some of the challenges involved in vaccine discovery
  • Wednesday: your Mentor reminds you of the film club coming up next week, and you’ll be tasked with watching The Children Act, a real-life drama about the relationship between medicine and law, focusing on the issue of consent in medical care
  • Thursday: your Mentor gives you priority access to our recent blog article they've written on the top 3 latest treatments in psychiatry
  • Saturday: your live, hour-long Tutorial takes place on "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - How AI is Discovering New Antibiotics". You'll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters and will have the opportunity to ask your Mentor lots of questions
When are the live Tutorials?
The live Tutorials usually take place on Saturdays around 1-2pm UK time (which we have found to be the best time to allow students from lots of different timezones to participate).
What if I can't attend a live session?
Don't worry! OxBright is designed so that you can access the content whenever you want. If you're unable to make a live session you'll be able to watch it back afterwards. We also have vlogs, blogs and podcasts for you to enjoy whenever your schedule allows.
How long can I sign up for?
You have the choice of subscribing on a monthly basis, for six months or for a year. Whatever your subscription, you'll get access to the same great content. The benefit of signing up for six months is that you get three weeks free. The benefit of signing up for a year is that you receive seven weeks free, and you also get 15% off any online course/conference/internship you book with us, and £300 off our residential Oxford summer school.
Is it easy to cancel?
It is no problem to cancel, and we make this easy for you - just let us know and you won't be charged the next month's subscription (if you are on a monthly subscription) or the next six month subscription (if you are on a six monthly subscription) or the next year's subscription (if you are on an annual subscription).
Where are the participants from?
At Oxford Scholastica, we have a diverse international intake, with students from around the world taking part (last year we had students from over 60 different nationalities!).
Will OxBright get me into university/college?
OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, and part of this is helping you to think ahead to your university applications. So some of your Tutorials will cover things like how to choose the best course, how to write an outstanding personal statement and how to put yourself in the best position to succeed.

However, it's important to note that attending OxBright won't guarantee you'll get into a specific university. Neither does OxBright prime you with the magic secret to get into a specific university (there is none), tell you exactly what to write on your personal statement or let you know what to say at interview.

Instead, we stretch, challenge, guide and inspire you to maximise your chances of success. Our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application, and in doing so will help you to fulfil your potential.

I've already done an Oxford Scholastica course, how is this different?

OxBright is designed to complement our other courses, and many students who experience our courses choose to sign up to OxBright (and many OxBright students choose to sign up for our courses, conferences and internships either online or in Oxford - if you sign up to the Annual Subscription you benefit from 15% off our online courses and £300 off your Oxford summer school experience).

Whereas our courses last anywhere from a full day through to two weeks, OxBright is there for you year-round, helping you to grow your subject knowledge and confidence over time. Think of OxBright as your personal companion guiding and motivating you throughout the week, inspiring and stretching you to fulfil your potential and succeed in your aspirations.